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Interfering with Nature.

Speculations are rife and many theories are being propounded about the origin of Corona virus, but yet none is confirmed. It will go on and on until what caused the infection in the patient Zero is established and after that a new set of claimants vying for a share for glory will surface. There are people already abound, who claim to have predicted it. One speculation that is even getting the support of those who have the scientific bend of mind is that this possibly has resulted because of the escape of the virus in some way from the lab in Wuhan that does research on viruses.  Bio-engineering has been in the news ever since the double helical structure of DNA became known to the man. Call it Bio-Engineering, Bio-Technology or by any of hundreds of other names that are in use to define different fields of research in to what goes inside a living cell and how to fiddle with it, with the purpose of changing the very chemistry of the cell to cause it do something different than what nature intended it to.

The researcher have gone a long way in producing fruits without seeds and crops that resist against pests, grow faster and give better yield. But the zest of the man has not been limited to only making some alteration in the cells of the plants, he has also ventured in to animal cell engineering to look the source of various diseases, congenital defects and malfunctioning of systems that govern the lives of the living beings. Man has a great boon of learning by questioning, theorizing and then experimenting with his theories by putting them to test on rats, bats, cats, baboons and then by applying the logic of “A sauce for the goose is also good for the gander,” of experimenting with the human beings too.

He has achieved great success in cloning cells and has even produced animals (at least of one I know, the sheep called Dolly), from cells other than the ovarian cells. He has also researched on stem cells drawn from placenta and I don’t know how far deep has he gone in his ventures and what degree of success has he achieved but some countries have definitely brought in laws to stop him from cloning his own self, because there’s a little difference between an angel and a devil, physiognomically speaking (if the devils exist). We don’t know if they exist or not but in man you can see the image of both.

It is alleged that the report of the virus having jumped from some animal species to men in Wet market is misleading and that this has somehow escaped by an accident or intentionally let loose from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a laboratory where research on viruses is carried out, to test if it could be used as an alternative to arsenal of nuclear weapons that require huge investment and storage problems, besides having problems of expiry. One thing that gives weightage to this conjecture is that eating of anything living is not new to Chinese. They have been doing that since millennia.

A friend of mine wrote in a blog that they started eating wild creatures, when the food became scarce because of famine during Mao’s failed experiment of Great Leap Forward, but I seriously doubt it. I think they have been eating all creatures except the fellow human beings since inhabiting their Great Central Kingdom. I am sure such labs that do experiments with viruses exist in the countries around the world and in all of them, some fiddling with the nature is being done all the time. The best thing that I like about Nature or God or by whatever name you may try to acknowledge the power, the intelligence, that is behind the existence of the cosmos, it’s perfect balance and the miracles in every element of its creation is that it allows, the man to explore, to experiment and yet remains beyond comprehension- Adrishya (Imperceptible) and Agochar (Incognizable). But He/She whoever is there ( let me stick to one gender for the convenience of the reader), doesn’t tell you why He does and What He does. He doesn’t tell us, what will happen next? He doesn’t tell us the secret of life and death and the purpose of its creation.  He decides, how one has to live and how one will die. He decides, who will live and who will die. Simply, the message that He sends across to us is that just live how I have ordained for you to or putting it succinctly, Accept life gracefully and be thankful for it.

I remember once, I read an article in Reader’s Digest where the writer told about her experience of a trip to an island where a group (of which she was a member) was taken for seeing the hatching of the turtles. We all now, how innovative is the tourism industry in devising methods for luring people to make trips to places, where they may not ever go. There’s a whole lot of industry that thrives on their innovativeness. She wrote that they were taken to a remote beach, where the turtles returned year after year to lay the eggs. As is now known that the turtles travel thousands of miles to the specific places on the globe, their bodies are genetically tuned to bring them to, for laying the eggs and overseeing their hatchlings crawl down to the safety of the seas since millions of years. Same is true of the migratory birds who travel across the globe for laying eggs and is also true of certain species of the fish who even swim against the current, up the streams for spawning. There is a code written in every seed and in every cell about what it has to do and how. The weaver bird knows how to weave its nest and the spider knows how to spin its web. God alone knows why the birds migrate and the fish swim upstream. In spite of the difficulties and the perils, they do with clockwork precision.  Millions of them can’t make the journey or they fall prey to the predators but they can’t resist their inner calling. Same is true for you and me, but I will write about that some other time.

She said, that the great day of the hatchlings making a dash to the sea was due to come and day. My research on the internet tells me this:-

Hatchlings usually emerge from their nest at night or during a rainstorm when temperatures are cooler. Once they decide to burst out, they erupt from the nest cavity as a group. The little turtles orient themselves to the brightest horizon, and then dash toward the sea. If they don’t make it to the ocean quickly, many hatchlings will die of dehydration in the sun or be caught by predators like birds and crabs.” 

The rain storm was raging when the were woken up in the wee-hours by the agent’s men for seeing the sight of the life time. Though they advised us not to get the flood lights on at the resort that was located at the beach, but no one listened, because it was dark and dangerous to walk only with the hand held torches in hand. When they reached at the site, she said, they saw thousands of hatchlings struggling to crawl out. They saw the birds were hovering in the sky. They saw that from here and there a baby would make a dash and the birds would quickly pounce upon it make a meal of it. They started shooing the birds away against the advice of the agents. Perhaps, the dash by one was like a signal for others to know if it was safe to make a dash or not. The signal got misunderstood by human interference and thousands of hatchlings started coming out of their hiding and started their run for the sea. And then there was a disaster. They became easy prey for the birds because the rain wasn’t pounding yet and the time wasn’t right for the hatchlings to make a dare. Moreover, many of them got disoriented by the flood lights falling over the boundary of the hotel and they headed away from the sea and died on way. The moral of the story, is; Don’t interfere in the God’s designs.

The freeboard (which means the height of the ship above the water line), of the fully loaded tankers is very low. So even when there’s a slight swell, the decks get awash. Many times, with this water the flying fish get carried over on to the decks from where they can’t get back. Even at times when a school of flying fish being chased by big fish, get trapped on the decks of the ships where they die.

The purpose of bringing this last para here was for adding a video that I have received as Whatsapp forward many times. Here you can see, how the fish being chased by bigger ships try to jump to get away. Yes! That’s right, the fish can jump out of water like a long jump athelete, but there are other perils awaiting them, if they jump out of the safety of water- there are skilled predators flying above. So adroit are they in their flying manoeuvres that they don’t miss to catch the poor creatures who jump out to escape the jaws of death. I have seen this dance of death many times during my days at sea and after seeing it once wrote these lines-

Creation of vibrations

               as the ship moves through water

alerts a shoal of flying fish

               who scurry for shelter helter-skelter

Some break through water and fly

               and birds of prey

pounce upon those who stray and they die

Countless tiny creatures

               are tossed up unaware

In the propeller’s wake

               The birds flying above dive with alacrity

And catch them,

before they can make it back to the sea

This drama of life and death

is being enacted around us,

               but we don’t see

Take pride in material possessions

               and forget our mortality

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Interfering with Nature.

Speculations are rife and many theories are being propounded about the origin of Corona virus, but yet none is confirmed. It will go on and on until what caused the infection in the patient Zero is established and after that a new set of claimants vying for a share for glory will surface. There are people already abound, who claim to have predicted it. One speculation that is even getting the support of those who have the scientific bend of mind is that this possibly has resulted because of the escape of the virus in some way from the lab in Wuhan that does research on viruses. Bio-engineering has been in the news ever since the double helical structure of DNA became known to the man. Call it Bio-Engineering, Bio-Technology or by any of hundreds of other names that are in use to define different fields of research in to what goes inside a living cell and how to fiddle with it, with the purpose of changing the very chemistry of the cell to cause it do something different than what nature intended it to.

The researcher have gone a long way in producing fruits without seeds and crops that resist against pests, grow faster and give better yield. But the zest of the man has not been limited to only making some alteration in the cells of the plants, he has also ventured in to animal cell engineering to look the source of various diseases, congenital defects and malfunctioning of systems that govern the lives of the living beings. Man has a great boon of learning by questioning, theorizing and then experimenting with his theories by putting them to test on rats, bats, cats, baboons and then by applying the logic of “A sauce for the goose is also good for the gander,” of experimenting with the human beings too.

He has achieved great success in cloning cells and has even produced animals (at least of one I know, the sheep called Dolly), from cells other than the ovarian cells. He has also researched on stem cells drawn from placenta and I don’t know how far deep has he gone in his ventures and what degree of success has he achieved but some countries have definitely brought in laws to stop him from cloning his own self, because there’s a little difference between an angel and a devil, physiognomically speaking (if the devils exist). We don’t know if they exist or not but in man you can see the image of both.

It is alleged that the report of the virus having jumped from some animal species to men in Wet market is misleading and that this has somehow escaped by an accident or intentionally let loose from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a laboratory where research on viruses is carried out, to test if it could be used as an alternative to arsenal of nuclear weapons that require huge investment and storage problems, besides having problems of expiry. One thing that gives weightage to this conjecture is that eating of anything living is not new to Chinese. They have been doing that since millennia.

A friend of mine wrote in a blog that they started eating wild creatures, when the food became scarce because of famine during Mao’s failed experiment of Great Leap Forward, but I seriously doubt it. I think they have been eating all creatures except the fellow human beings since inhabiting their Great Central Kingdom. I am sure such labs that do experiments with viruses exist in the countries around the world and in all of them, some fiddling with the nature is being done all the time. The best thing that I like about Nature or God or by whatever name you may try to acknowledge the power, the intelligence, that is behind the existence of the cosmos, it’s perfect balance and the miracles in every element of its creation is that it allows, the man to explore, to experiment and yet remains beyond comprehension- Adrishya (Imperceptible) and Agochar (Incognizable). But He/She whoever is there ( let me stick to one gender for the convenience of the reader), doesn’t tell you why He does and What He does. He doesn’t tell us, what will happen next? He doesn’t tell us the secret of life and death and the purpose of its creation. He decides, how one has to live and how one will die. He decides, who will live and who will die. Simply, the message that He sends across to us is that just live how I have ordained for you to or putting it succinctly, Accept life gracefully and be thankful for it.

I remember once, I read an article in Reader’s Digest where the writer told about her experience of a trip to an island where a group (of which she was a member) was taken for seeing the hatching of the turtles. We all now, how innovative is the tourism industry in devising methods for luring people to make trips to places, where they may not ever go. There’s a whole lot of industry that thrives on their innovativeness. She wrote that they were taken to a remote beach, where the turtles returned year after year to lay the eggs. As is now known that the turtles travel thousands of miles to the specific places on the globe, their bodies are genetically tuned to bring them to, for laying the eggs and overseeing their hatchlings crawl down to the safety of the seas since millions of years. Same is true of the migratory birds who travel across the globe for laying eggs and is also true of certain species of the fish who even swim against the current, up the streams for spawning. There is a code written in every seed and in every cell about what it has to do and how. The weaver bird knows how to weave its nest and the spider knows how to spin its web. God alone knows why the birds migrate and the fish swim upstream. In spite of the difficulties and the perils, they do with clockwork precision. Millions of them can’t make the journey or they fall prey to the predators but they can’t resist their inner calling. Same is true for you and me, but I will write about that some other time.

She said, that the great day of the hatchlings making a dash to the sea was due to come and day. My research on the internet tells me this:-

“Hatchlings usually emerge from their nest at night or during a rainstorm when temperatures are cooler. Once they decide to burst out, they erupt from the nest cavity as a group. The little turtles orient themselves to the brightest horizon, and then dash toward the sea. If they don’t make it to the ocean quickly, many hatchlings will die of dehydration in the sun or be caught by predators like birds and crabs.”

The rain storm was raging when the were woken up in the wee-hours by the agent’s men for seeing the sight of the life time. Though they advised us not to get the flood lights on at the resort that was located at the beach, but no one listened, because it was dark and dangerous to walk only with the hand held torches in hand. When they reached at the site, she said, they saw thousands of hatchlings struggling to crawl out. They saw the birds were hovering in the sky. They saw that from here and there a baby would make a dash and the birds would quickly pounce upon it make a meal of it. They started shooing the birds away against the advice of the agents. Perhaps, the dash by one was like a signal for others to know if it was safe to make a dash or not. The signal got misunderstood by human interference and thousands of hatchlings started coming out of their hiding and started their run for the sea. And then there was a disaster. They became easy prey for the birds because the rain wasn’t pounding yet and the time wasn’t right for the hatchlings to make a dare. Moreover, many of them got disoriented by the flood lights falling over the boundary of the hotel and they headed away from the sea and died on way. The moral of the story, is; Don’t interfere in the God’s designs.

The freeboard (which means the height of the ship above the water line), of the fully loaded tankers is very low. So even when there’s a slight swell, the decks get awash. Many times, with this water the flying fish get carried over on to the decks from where they can’t get back. Even at times when a school of flying fish being chased by big fish, get trapped on the decks of the ships where they die.

The purpose of bringing this last para here was for adding a video that I have received as Whatsapp forward many times. Here you can see, how the fish being chased by bigger ships try to jump to get away. Yes! That’s right, the fish can jump out of water like a long jump athelete, but there are other perils awaiting them, if they jump out of the safety of water- there are skilled predators flying above. So adroit are they in their flying manoeuvres that they don’t miss to catch the poor creatures who jump out to escape the jaws of death. I have seen this dance of death many times during my days at sea and after seeing it once wrote these lines-

Creation of vibrations

as the ship moves through water

alerts a shoal of flying fish

who scurry for shelter helter-skelter

Some break through water and fly

and birds of prey

pounce upon those who stray and they die

Countless tiny creatures

are tossed up unaware

In the propeller’s wake

The birds flying above dive with alacrity

And catch them,

before they can make it back to the sea

This drama of life and death

is being enacted around us,

but we don’t see

Take pride in material possessions

and forget our mortality

I want to show you this related video, but FB doesn’t let me post it because of Copyright issues I believe. You can see this video can visit my blog post at Sulekha by visiting the posted before this.

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